Contingency plans explored for potential COVID-19 surge

CHARLESTON — Stonerise Healthcare was approached by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to create a contingency plan to establish a COVID-19 positive long-term care center in the event of a surge in West Virginia’s geriatric patients. 

River Oaks skilled nursing center in Clarksburg, WV was initially identified as a potential site, but now that the surge expectation has declined in the state, this option will not be implemented. 

“This solution would have alleviated the scenario of admitting COVID positive patients into facilities that aren’t equipped for them and risking spread of the virus,” said Larry Pack, Chief Executive Officer Stonerise Healthcare. “We are willing to offer support in any way possible to ensure West Virginia emerges from this pandemic with as little impact as possible,”

This model has worked in other states such as Georgia and Massachusetts.

“The health and safety of all West Virginians has been DHHR’s top priority during this pandemic,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.  “These strategies identified by DHHR in the event of a surge in our elderly citizens who might need to be isolated to mitigate the risk of community spread. We are appreciative of Stonerise Healthcare for their partnership during this crisis.”

Founded in 2009, Stonerise Healthcare LLC offers innovative healthcare solutions to get seniors throughout West Virginia and beyond back to health and back to life. Through its 17 skilled nursing facilities, nine Stonerise at Home locations, Stonerise Therapy line and more than 3,000 employees, the company helps the patients it serves restore their health and get the most out of their lives.